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Nov. 13, 2010

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North Florida at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, November 13, 2010

Pitt 95, North Florida 49


*Pitt defeated North Florida by 46 points, marking the second-largest win in Petersen Events Center history and the second-straight contest in which the Panthers have defeated their opponent by more than 40 points (vs. Illinois-Chicago, 97-54). The last time Pitt had back-to-back 40-point wins was during the 2002-03 season when it defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 89-49 (Nov. 30, 2002) and Norfolk State, 96-51 (Dec. 3, 2002). The last time Pitt had two 40-win games during the same season was during the 2007-08 season (vs. Houston Baptist, 103-62 on Nov. 9, 2007 and vs. Buffalo, 92-45, on Nov. 23, 2007).


*The 46-point win marks the sixth win by 40 or more points by Pitt in the Petersen Events Center.


*Pitt’s 46-point win ties for the 11th-largest margin of victory in school history (two other times: vs. Youngstown State on Nov. 27, 1993 and vs. Army on Feb. 10, 1934).


*Pitt extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to a school-record consecutive 50 games. Pitt has now won 99 of its last 100 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.


*Now in its ninth year in the arena, Pitt improved its all-time Petersen Events Center record to 135-11. The Panthers are 78-1 all-time against non-conference opponents in the Petersen Events center and have now won 41 of their last 42 home contests.


*Pitt is now 1-0 all-time against North Florida. The Panthers hold a 6-1 record against schools in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


*Pitt outrebounded North Florida, 59-28, with 32 of those rebounds coming off of the offensive glass. The 59 rebounds tied a Pitt team-high for total rebounds in the Jamie Dixon era (vs. Vermont on Dec. 8, 2008; vs. Houston Baptist on Nov. 9, 2007).


*The 32 offensive rebounds ranks first in the Jamie Dixon Era. Pitt does not have a record for offensive rebounds but registered 27 vs. Houston Baptist on Nov. 9, 2007.


*Pitt held North Florida to just 49 points and has now held 84 of 145 opponents inside the Petersen Events Center to fewer than 60 points, including 59 of the last 79 non-conference opponents. When holding opponents to 60 points or less, Pitt is 150-5 over the last 10 years.


*Pitt’s 80 field goal attempts ranks second in the Jamie Dixon era.


*Pitt assisted on 26 of 36 field goals. The Panthers have assisted on all but 10 field goals in each game so far this season (19-29 vs. Rhode Island and 27-37 vs. Illinois-Chicago).


*Pitt has cut down on its turnovers in each game so far this season. The Panthers turned the ball over 14 times in the opener, 11 times last week against Illinois-Chicago and just 10 times tonight against North Florida.


*Pitt’s starters for the contest were: forwards Gilbert Brown and Talib Zanna, guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker and center Gary McGhee.


*Pitt saw five players reach double-figure scoring, including J.J. Moore (19), Brad Wanamaker (17), Talib Zanna (13), Ashton Gibbs (12) and Travon Woodall (10).


*Dante Taylor grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and added seven points in 17 minutes. He had a career-high seven offensive rebounds.


*Freshman forward J.J. Moore led all scorers with 19 points on 8-12 shooting in 19 minutes. The 19 points scored were a career-high (Moore had nine points in his debut last week vs. Illinois-Chicago).


*Redshirt freshman forward Talib Zanna had a career-high 13 points and added nine rebounds in 17 minutes.


*Senior walk-on guard Nick Rivers recorded his first points of the season when he hit a 3-pointer late in the game.


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